Tube or solid state


Do you prefer a tube preamp into a solid state amp or a solid state amp into a tube amp,which is your choice for best sound?

fixto

Tube preamp,.., SS stereo amp or monoblocks. 
 

havng that little bit of warmth from the preamp, is just,enough.

when I was younger, mid 80’s, my Father sold his old reel to reel, amplifiers, I do remember playing sin after sin, hell awaits, UFO, etc, ther was a relaxing sound through tubes, it just felt, enveloping, it sounded just right,…like baby bears porridge. Our old dogs (rip) would get up and leave the room during cd play, and stay asleep playing,records on stereo.

 

personally, I’m ecstatic with my solid state gear,  nothing to mess with, no tubes popping, taking. Out a midrange, plus, you can if your home, leave them on 365.

 

maybe it will change, maybe I will get an AVA, or CJ, preamp in the future, they do have a nice sound. With my music, I’m better with SS . Metal, and usually loud.

 

Order from a mail order place, that way, if you don’t like SS or tubed pre, ship back.

Happy hunting. 
 

 

ps, Technics SL-1200G.  Money very thoughtfully, wisely spent.

no belts, won’t break, it’s a 40+ year investment.

i have 3,…2 from mid late 80’s, and one from late 90’s

nothing has ever gone wrong, start, stop, sounds great, the most reliable TT ever built. 

@invalid Wrote:

If it sounds closer to the real thing than transistor amps then it doesn’t matter what wave you measure.

I agree, +2

Mike

personally, I’m ecstatic with my solid state gear,  nothing to mess with, no tubes popping, taking. Out a midrange, plus, you can if your home, leave them on 365.

Terrific!!

Key to long term satisfaction is choosing what sounds best to “you”. Just please yourself. Exactly why such a huge variety of audio products exist in high end audio.

Charles

And in how many cases have people heard "the real thing" just as it was recorded?  You would have had to have been there.

 

And what of "the real thing" that never was, but instead was assembled in a studio using digital instruments, analog synthesizers, sampling, etc.?

 

Maybe there is/was no "real thing."

 

And what of "the real thing" that never was, but instead was assembled in a studio using digital instruments, analog synthesizers, sampling, etc.?

 

Maybe there is/was no "real thing."

If this mindset/reasoning works for you, stick with it. Many different perspectives and viewpoints. I understood @invalid comment. I listen to live music performances pretty often and have developed an ear for live acoustic instruments. More often than not, tubes come closer to mimicking that type of sound presentation.

But that’s just my experiences. If yours are different, that’s also just fine. We all individually choose what suits us best. For me tubes generally sound more natural/realistic. For you probably not. It’s all good . Be yourself.

Charles